President’s Message – March 2024

      As a new president for the Corrales Society of Artists, 2023 was an exciting year of learning on my part. I had the best mentor in Ken Duckert and he set me up for success with a remarkable group of people that make up the CSA board of directors. 

      Corrales is in the mists of becoming a designated Arts and Cultural District , hopefully submitting the final step in June. Last year, CSA contributed to process by hosting an children’s art show and creating a collaborated community art project during Viva Corrales.  The community art piece can be seen in the storybook Garden which is on the south side of Corrales Library. This year’s Viva Corrales will span three weekends showcasing, Giddy Up and Ride, CSA’s Art and Studio Tour and Hertiage Days. 

      Planning for the 2024 Corrales Art Studio Tour is well underway and is looking to be a successful one under the direction of our new CAST director Beth Waldron.  88 artists will show their work around beautiful historic Corrales at 36 venues including 5 local galleries, the first weekend of May, May 4-5th. We welcome support from Corrales Mainstreet and continued support from the local Bed and Breakfasts to put on an amazing art tour where everyone is certain to find something of interest. Come out and meet the artists and sneak a peak into their creative process! Our team this year has been amazing to work with and I want to personally thank them for their hard work.

      Art in the Park was held in July for the first time in several years and was very successful with great attendance by artist and patrons. The Board of Directors has approved two Art in the Parks for 2024. The dates are still being worked out but we are looking at hosting one in June and one in Oct. Be on the look out for updates, hopefully later this month.

      CSA is also excited to continue our relationship with the Corrales Historical Society in presenting the Fine Arts Show over Ballon Fiesta week and hosting the Holiday Winter Craft Show the first weekend in Dec. 

      There are many exciting things happening within CSA and there is no doubt that these great things cannot come to be without the help of our members and support of the community. We thank you for your support and are excited to continue bringing artistic and creative energy to Corrales.

Jenn Noel

President of CSA